Scale large scale vs small scale representative

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Unformatted text preview: ratio (e.g. 1:50,000) or a representative fraction (e.g. 1/50,000) – Example: 1cm on the map is equivalent to 100 km Geographic Tools: The Map – Sept 17, 2013 Human Geographies: Society & Culture Key Considerations: 1. Scale • ‘Large scale’ vs. ‘small scale’ – Representative fraction: – – – – 1/50,000 is a pretty small number (0.00002) 1/250,000 is an even smaller number (0.000004) Therefore: a map at a 1/250,000 scale is a SMALLER SCALE map than one at 1/50,000 However, this 1/250,000 scale map actually portrays a much LARGER area… herein lies the cobfusion… large area = small scale Geographic Tools: The Map – Sept 17, 2013 Human Geographies: Society & Culture Key Considerations: 1. Scale • • • ‘Large scale’ vs. ‘small scale’ - Small scale maps show large areas, generally depict very little detail - Large scale maps show smaller areas, & generally have greater levels of detail. Geographic Tools: The Map – Sept 17, 2013 Human Geographies: Society & Culture Key Considerations: 2. Perspective • Perspectiv...
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2014 for the course GEOG 1HA3 taught by Professor Peace during the Fall '08 term at McMaster University.

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